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Fukudome, Lee lift Cubs over Astros

Apr 5, 2008 - 9:46 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Cubs' offense finally awakened.

Kosuke Fukudome's two-run double highlighted a five-run seventh inning Saturday as the Cubs rallied for a 9-7 victory over the Houston Astros.

After Friday's 4-3 defeat to the Astros - Chicago's third in four games to start the season - manager Lou Piniella ripped his team, saying it needed to start scoring more runs.

The Cubs responded with 14 hits Saturday, scoring seven runs in their last three at-bats to erase a 5-2 deficit.

"It was a great come-from-behind win, a great team win," Piniella said.

Fukudome's double off reliever Oscar Villarreal - which snapped a 5-5 tie - was his second big hit during the Cubs' season-opening homestand. On Opening Day, the Japanese rookie belted a game-tying three-run home run in the ninth inning.

Otherwise, Chicago's offense had been quiet - until Saturday.

Derrek Lee had four hits for the Cubs, including a solo homer in the third inning and an RBI single in the seventh that tied the contest.

"The weather was better, and that is maybe what we were looking for," Lee said. "We all swung the bats better. I hit it where they pitch it, and that's what I tried to do today. I was glad to see them falling for hits."

Chicago starter Jason Marquis struggled in his first outing of the season, yielding five runs - four earned - and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Carlos Lee's solo homer put Houston ahead, 3-2, in the fourth - and the Astros extended their lead to 5-2 in the sixth on RBI doubles by Darin Erstad and Lee.

"I left some pitches up and my teammates had to bail me out," Marquis said. "I had to work too hard to get out of some innings."

But Houston starter Roy Oswalt (0-2) could not protect a three-run lead, yielding six runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Three of Derrek Lee's hits came off Oswalt.

"He is a good hitter and I have had trouble getting him out my whole career," Oswalt said. "He always seems to know what is coming."

Kevin Hart (1-0) followed Marquis and recorded the win, allowing only one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cubs began their comeback in the sixth when Lee led off with a double and scored one out later on a passed ball.

After Lee's single tied the contest in the seventh, Villarreal relieved Oswalt and walked Aramis Ramirez. Fukudome hit a line drive to left field that got past Carlos Lee, allowing two runs to score.

"I got a good jump on the ball but it was slicing away from me," Carlos Lee said. "It was in an area where I had to make a decision. I slid to short hop it and it hit the top of my glove."

Mark DeRosa's RBI double capped the uprising in the seventh, giving Chicago an 8-5 lead. The Astros scored twice off Bob Howry in the eighth, but Reed Johnson's run-scoring single in the bottom half made it 9-7.

Kerry Wood tossed a perfect ninth, giving him saves in the Cubs' first two wins of the season.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 7 12 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 1 x 9 14 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - ROY OSWALT, OSCAR VILLARREAL (7TH), WESLEY WRIGHT (7TH), GEOFF
    GEARY (7TH), DOUG BROCAIL (8TH) AND BRAD AUSMUS
    CHN - JASON MARQUIS, KEVIN HART (6TH), BOBBY HO

    Apr 5 3:59 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REED JOHNSON SCORED RONNY CEDENO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    CHICAGO CUBS 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D LEE (.364, 4-FOR-4, HR, 2 RBI)

    Astros 7, Cubs 9  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 5 3:52 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GEOFF BLUM SCORED CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G BLUM ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LORETTA (.235, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Astros 7, Cubs 8  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 5 3:40 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED DARIN ERSTAD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C LEE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: T PEREZ (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Astros 6, Cubs 8  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 5 3:38 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED KOSUKE FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M DEROSA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: G SOTO (.200, 1-FOR-3)

    Astros 5, Cubs 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 5 3:26 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KOSUKE FUKUDOME SCORED DERREK LEE AND ARAMIS
    RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, K FUKUDOME ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.333, 1-FOR-3)

    Astros 5, Cubs 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 5 3:22 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DERREK LEE SCORED MIKE FONTENOT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D LEE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A RAMIREZ (.125, 0-FOR-3)

    Astros 5, Cubs 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 5 3:11 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY REED JOHNSON SCORED RYAN THERIOT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M FONTENOT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D LEE (.333, 3-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Astros 5, Cubs 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 5 3:10 PM
  • 5
    roots
    DRob Added 5 roots

    Astros 5, Cubs 3  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 5 2:54 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY BRAD AUSMUS ALLOWED DERREK LEE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K FUKUDOME ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.357, 1-FOR-2)

    Astros 5, Cubs 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 5 2:46 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED DARIN ERSTAD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C LEE ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M TEJADA (.250, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Astros 5, Cubs 2  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 5 2:29 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DARIN ERSTAD SCORED HUNTER PENCE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ERSTAD ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 4
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.217, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Astros 4, Cubs 2  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 5 2:28 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (2) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF JASON MARQUIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3, CHICAGO CUBS 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M TEJADA (.263, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Astros 3, Cubs 2  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 5 1:59 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DERREK LEE (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF ROY OSWALT.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2, CHICAGO CUBS 2
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A RAMIREZ (.143, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 2, Cubs 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 5 1:55 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON MARQUIS SCORED GEOVANY SOTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MARQUIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.056, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 2, Cubs 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 5 1:41 PM


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    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK LORETTA SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M LORETTA ON FIRST, T WIGGINTON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: B AUSMUS (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Astros 2, Cubs 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 5 1:31 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 1 1 2 0
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - ROY OSWALT
    CHN - JASON MARQUIS

    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.059, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    R JOHNSON (1.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    D LEE (.222, 1 HR, 1 RB

    Astros 1, Cubs 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 5 1:14 PM